Francesca Murphy

Francesca Murphy

Professor of Theology
Systematic Theology


BA: Manchester University

PhD: King’s College, London University

Research and Teaching Interests

Theological Aesthetics, Theology and the Arts, Ecclesiology, Von Balthasar, de Lubac, Ratzinger

Recent Publications


With Balazs Mezei and Kenneth Oakes. 2014. Illuminating Faith: Invitation to Theology. London: Bloomsbury.

Edited with Christopher Brittain. 2011. Theology, University, Humanities: Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.
2011. I Samuel, Brazos Theological Commentary Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
Edited with Philip G. Ziegler. 2009. The Providence of God: Deus Habet Consilium. London: Continuum.
Edited with Chris Asprey. 2008. Ecumenism Today: The Universal Church in the 21st Century. Farnham: Ashgate.

2007. God is Not a Story. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited with Helen Bond and Seth Kunin. 2003. A Companion to Theology and Religious Studies. Edinburgh University Press and New York University Press.

2004.  Art and Intellect in the Philosophy of Étienne Gilson. Columbia: Missouri University Press.

2000. The Comedy of Revelation: Paradise Lost and Regained in Christian Scripture. London: T & T Clark/Continuum.
1995. Christ the Form of Beauty: A Study in Theology and Literature. London: T & T Clark.
Book Chapters:
2014. “The Eucharist and Communion with God,” in Who Do You Say That I Am?, edited by Michael Root and James J. Buckley. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.
2013. “The Ecclesiology of Benedict XVI,” in Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI, edited by John C. Cavadini. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
2013. “Profiling Christ: The Psalms of Abandonment,” in Heaven on Earth: Theological Interpretation in Ecumenical Dialogue, edited by Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.
2012. “Étienne Gilson and the Ressourcement,” in Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth Century Catholic Theology, edited by Gabriel Flynn and Paul Murray, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2012. “Trinity and Prayer,” in The Oxford Handbook to the Trinity, ed. by Matthew Levering and Gilles Emery. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
2012. “Oriental Aspects of Occidental Faith,” in Best Spiritual Writing of 2013, edited by Philip Zaleski. New York:  Penguin Books.
2012. “Profiling Christ: The Psalms of Abandonment,”  Modern  Theology , Vol 28, Issue 4: 748-762.
2010. “Globalization from Benedict XV to Benedict XVI: The ‘Astonishing Optimism’ of Gaudium et spes in Missionary Context,” Nova et Vetera (special issue on Gaudium et spes), Vol 8.2, Spring 2010.
2010. “De Lubac, Grace, Politics and Paradox,” in Studies in Christian Ethics, November 2010: 415-430.


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